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Published on December 3rd, 2011 | by Greg


Guy’s Jackets: Ward Off Cold With Kenneth Cole and Noll Surfboards

De­cem­ber brings win­ter crisp­ness to the air, prompt­ing us to lay­er up. Though the Bay Area has been warm and sun­ny dur­ing the day, in the evenings we’ve been hap­py to cozy in­to the men’s Noll Sun­rise Sher­pa Hood. We made sure to pack it in an ac­ces­si­ble box as our main of­fice moved to NYC, where it’s now pro­tect­ing us against the con­stant chill. In New York we al­so need­ed an ex­tra lay­er that dress­es up well, so we tried out the men’s Ken­neth Cole’s Mole­skin Coat.

Our Noll Sher­pa is in army green, with the off-white sher­pa lin­ing. We ex­pect a $68 hood­ie to be warm and ex­treme­ly com­fort­able. The sun­rise sher­pa does not dis­ap­point. You pick it up and the fab­ric feels nice- ready to warm you up af­ter get­ting chilled out­doors, soft for cud­dling on a couch. It al­so stands up well to a beat­ing- we’ve been wear­ing it around hoist­ing stuff in­to box­es, and it’s sur­vived with fly­ing col­ors. Noll is a surf sup­pli­er, so it makes sense they cre­ate cozy hood­ies built re­silient­ly. We ad­mit to not be­ing surfers, but ap­pre­ci­ate the hood­ie for our slight­ly less glam­orous us­es none-the-less. It would be a great thing to open un­der the tree.

Among the myr­i­ad of West-coast / East-coast dif­fer­ences is dress. We rarely saw suits in SF. Here we’re sur­round­ed by them, and the el­e­gant black jack­ets swathing them on the streets, pro­tect­ing against the bit­ing wind. We love our men’s Ken­neth Cole Mole­skin Coat (black, of course!) for join­ing the hur­ry­ing hoards. It’s ef­fort­less­ly dressy, while not too stuffy to wear with jeans. The mole­skin fab­ric is beau­ti­ful to touch, though we must warn that our of­fice cats al­so fan­cied it. It col­lect­ed quite a bit of fur from the stolen nap, so pet keep­ers, be vig­i­lant about hang­ing up your jack­et un­less you want an ex­tra, un­even mo­hair lay­er. The de­sired fea­tures al­so in­clude in­ter­nal pock­ets and to ex­ter­nal flap pock­ets at the waist. The front of the jack­et comes down in a v, framed by a notched col­lar. The Mole­skin is pret­ty light weight for a win­ter jack­et, so we rec­om­mend get­ting it for the in-be­tween months- it won’t re­place your big snow-storm win­ter coat, but it’s great for weath­er in the 30s to 50s. The fit is on the broad­er side, so if you’re a bean-pole this may not be the right jack­et for you. The $249.50 price tag feels about right- the crafts­man­ship and style are im­pec­ca­ble and the jack­et, as Tim Gunn would say, “looks ex­pen­sive.

Ken­neth Cole is al­so do­ing an in­ter­est­ing part­ner­ship this hol­i­day sea­son with MTV Stay­ing Alive Foun­da­tionand am­fAR. The “Come To­geth­er” cam­paign fea­tures a stylish new take on the class AIDS aware­ness rib­bon. am­Far, in case you’re not fa­mil­iar, is a non-prof­it foun­da­tion ded­i­cat­ed to the sup­port of AIDS re­search, HIV pre­ven­tion, treat­ment ed­u­ca­tion and the ad­vo­ca­cy of sound AIDS-re­lat­ed pub­lic pol­i­cy. Ba­si­cal­ly, all stuff that we would love to see get more fund­ing and aware­ness. The rib­bons are avail­able to pur­chase all over the US (and many oth­er parts of the world) at Ken­neth Cole and from Kennethcole.com. 100% of the net prof­its will be do­nat­ed to AWEAR­NESS The Ken­neth Cole Foun­da­tion, where they’ll be split be­tween the MTV aware­ness cam­paign and am­FAR. In case that isn’t enough for you, var­i­ous celebri­ties are on board pro­mot­ing, in­clud­ing Ke$ha (Have you seen her mu­sic videos? We have to ad­mit, we kind of love her bizarreness.)Cyn­di Lau­per (She grew up be­yond “Girls Just Wan­na Have Fun” in­to a fan­tas­tic blues singer- who would’ve thought?), Sarah Jes­si­ca Park­er and sev­er­al oth­ers. Great stock­ing stuffer for the fash­ion­able and so­cial­ly aware per­son in your life!

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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